Ski & Outdoor Program
Winter at LAS is a truly magical time as the falling snow transforms Leysin into a picturesque ski village. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from January until March students are dismissed from class and head to the slopes. With over 100 kilometers of ski runs, a half-pipe and snow park, and cross country trails, the slopes of Leysin cater to all skill levels. Lessons are provided by professionally-trained Swiss Ski School instructors, and LAS provides a ski pass that allows unlimited access to the Leysin and regional slopes.
We encourage all of our students to make the most of our location, however, if a student is not comfortable with skiing, or is unable to participate, exceptions can be made. Otherwise, skiing is strongly encouraged as a valuable opportunity unique to our alpine location.
The goal of the Alpine Institute is to help students develop a deep connection with our mountain. This is done through investigations in mountain science, sports, environment, and culture. The Alpine Institute carries out a number of science-based initiatives and events including LETS, an ongoing project that allows students to examine how ecology changes from the valley to the summit of our mountain, and Globe Day, an annual student-led science fair.
The Alpine Institute also manages the Alpine Club, which teaches students about mountaineering, navigation, rock climbing, ski touring, camping and hiking, and assists students who are interested in pursuing the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, the world's leading youth achievement award.